Is it better to sit or lay down with lower back pain?

Friday, April 28, 2023

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From the Desk of: Robin Wakeham, Physical Therapist

Dear Friend,

Is it better to sit or lay down with lower back pain?

When experiencing lower back pain, it is generally better to avoid prolonged periods of either sitting or lying down, as both can exacerbate the pain. Instead, it is recommended to change positions frequently and take breaks to walk around and stretch.

If you must sit or lie down for a prolonged period, it is recommended to maintain good posture and use supportive pillows or cushions to help alleviate pressure on the lower back. For example, if sitting, it's important to sit up straight with the feet flat on the ground and the hips and knees bent at 90-degree angles. Using a cushion or pillow behind the lower back or under the thighs can also help maintain proper posture and reduce pressure on the lower back.

If lying down, it is recommended to lie on the side with a pillow between the knees, or on the back with a pillow under the knees to help maintain proper spinal alignment and reduce pressure on the lower back.

It is important to note that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for managing lower back pain, and what works best for one person may not work for another. If you are experiencing persistent or severe lower back pain, it's important to consult with a healthcare professional for a proper diagnosis and treatment plan.


Robin Wakeham

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